Day: March 29, 2019

UK lawmakers reject government’s Brexit deal

LONDON — U.K. lawmakers on Friday rejected the government’s divorce agreement with the European Union for a third time, leaving Britain just two weeks to decide between a long delay to Brexit and an abrupt no-deal departure from the bloc. The House of Commons voted 286-344 against the […]

Explainer: Scenic Kashmir at the heart of India-Pakistani animosity

SRINAGAR – The Muslim-majority Himalayan region of Kashmir has been at the heart of more than 70 years of animosity, since the partition of the British colony of India into the separate countries of Muslim Pakistan and majority Hindu India. The scenic mountain region is divided between India, […]

U.S. steps up push for U.N. to blacklist JeM leader Masood Azhar

UNITED NATIONS – The United States, Britain and France stepped up a push for the United Nations Security Council to blacklist the head of Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) on Wednesday after China prevented an earlier move two weeks ago. The United States circulated a resolution – drafted […]

Insight: The making of militants in India’s ‘paradise on earth’

KULGAM, India – Kashmiri farmer Yusuf Malik learned that his son Owais, a 22-year old arts student and apple picker, had become an armed militant via a Facebook post. Days after Owais disappeared from his home in this picturesque valley below the Himalayan ranges, his picture appeared on […]

Pakistan dismisses Indian terror dossier as mostly ‘social media content’

ISLAMABAD/NEW DELHI – Pakistan on Thursday dismissed a dossier handed over by India in the wake of a suicide attack that nearly sparked a full-blown conflict earlier this month, saying the allegation that Pakistani groups were involved was unsubstantiated. At least 40 Indian security personnel were killed when […]

Bangladesh high-rise hit by deadly blaze lacked proper fire exits, official says

DHAKA – A high-rise commercial building in the Bangladeshi capital where a blaze this week killed at least 25 people lacked proper fire exits, government officials said, prompting a senior minister to describe the incident as “murder”. Lax regulations and poor enforcement have often been blamed for several […]

Samjhauta blast verdict shows govt has no respect for institutions: Omar

Srinagar, Mar 29: National Conference leader Omar Abdullah Friday said reports about prosecution withholding critical information about the Samjhauta Express blast case from the court was a reflection of the respect the BJP-led central government had for institutions of the country. “The judge presiding over the special NIA court […]

Hardik’s poll hopes diminish as HC refuses to stay conviction

Ahmedabad, Mar 29: Patidar leader Hardik Patel’s hopes of fighting next month’s Lok Sabha polls hit a major roadblock with the Gujarat High Court Friday dismissing his plea to stay his conviction in a 2015 rioting case. April 4 being the last date of filing of nominations in Gujarat, […]

US begins organ transplants from living donors who have HIV

WASHINGTON — Surgeons in Baltimore have performed what’s thought to be the world’s first kidney transplant from a living donor with HIV, a milestone for people with the AIDS virus — and one that could free up space on the transplant waiting list for everyone. Nina Martinez of […]

Hawaii weighs nation’s first statewide ban on e-cig flavors

HONOLULU  — The first state to limit tobacco and electronic cigarette sales to people 21 and older is contemplating a new nicotine crackdown: outlawing flavored electronic cigarette liquids and flavored tobacco to combat a spike in teenage vaping. Hawaii would be the first state to adopt such a […]

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